OLIVIER GIROUD MATCH GIANFRANCO ZOLA’S CHELSEA RECORD… CONGRATS GIROUD

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick as Chelsea beat Dynamo Kiev 5-0 in Kiev to win the Europa League tie 8-0 on aggregate.

Giroud’s hat-trick against Dynamo Kiev means the striker has now scored nine goals in just 10 European appearances for Chelsea, with all nine goals coming in this season’s Europa League competition.

Giroud has now equaled the European goal-scoring exploits of club legend Gianfranco Zola.

During his time at Chelsea, Zola scored nine goals in Europe over seven seasons and 35 games. Giroud reached Zola’s record faster as he got his nine European goals for Chelsea in just 10 games.

Giroud is now equal 10th on the list of Chelsea goal-scorers in European competition after his goals against Dynamo Kiev.

The man with the most European goals for Chelsea is no other than Chelsea legend Didier Drogba. The Ivorian scored 36 goals for Chelsea in Europe during his time at the club. His most memorable European goal is definitely his header against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in 2012, a competition Chelsea won.

While Drogba tops the list, Frank Lampard is placed second on the list. Lampard scored 25 European goals for Chelsea during his time at the club.

Giroud is the top scorer in this season’s Europa League with his nine goals.

Meanwhile, former Crystal Palace boss Simon Jordan believes Eden Hazard will stay at Chelsea and reject a move to Real Madrid because Real Madrid are no longer a bigger club than Chelsea.

“The kid sends out mixed messages,” Jordan told talkSPORT.

“You never know whether you’re Arthur or Martha with him. One minute he’s here and the next he’s going.

“So I don’t think it’s necessarily a foregone conclusion that he’ll go to Madrid because I think Chelsea have still got a lot of lure about them.

“Everyone’s house is for sale if someone offers you twice the price for it. In this situation, what benefit is the money if they can’t buy any players?

“I think it’s a sad situation for English football if we lose a prestigious talent like that, because he is a very talented player and I don’t think Real Madrid and Barcelona are bigger clubs than the English clubs anymore.

“I think that’s all part of the past and I don’t see why Madrid should be attracting the players to go over there.

“We should be able to keep them at the Chelseas, Manchester Uniteds and Manchester Citys of the world.”

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